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Old 05-06-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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I thought it was time to start a new caterpillar thread, but we are not prejudiced - feel free to also post your beetle, fly, wasp or other larvae photos here too!

Banded hairstreak...see the chrysalis on the Whatizzit thread!
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My first black swallowtail cats of the year on Zizia aurea
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The caterpillar that was being grasped by the potter wasp I posted on the wasp thread. The wasp got spooked and dropped it. Anyone know what kind it is? I don't recognize it.
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Hummingbird moth, H. thysbe, third instar. I am raising this guy, I watched his egg being laid on my evil fragrant honeysuckle, which is now covered in hummingbird moth cats. It may be invasive but at least it is a host plant!
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And a fall cankerworm. These are everywhere this year, dropping on threads from trees. ID'd from the pro-legs - it has two and a half, as it were, on specific segments, diagnostic per Wagner.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
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And some pupae..

My spicebush swallowtail chrysalis, today you can see the butterfly within...
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Banded hairstreak coccoon, for those who haven't seen the Whatizzit thread...
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I found this one in the dirt today when I was pulling weeds. We will see what emerges from it. I am betting on a hawk/sphinx moth of some kind.
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and I found this on a withered passiflora vine, I believe it is probably a polyphemus coccoon, already eclosed.
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Turttle, this thread is perfect! because I don't know what this is, and I hope someone can tell me. Caterpillar ID is not my forte.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:12 PM   #4
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I think he is probably one of the tiger moth caterpillars. Looking through Wagner (Caterpillars of Eastern North America), it looks like a bunch of them in that family.

My spicebush swallowtail chrysalis eclosed today!
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:33 PM   #5
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I have two species of hummingbird moths on my property, Hemaris diffinis - Snowberry Clearwing, which is what the caterpillar I posted a few days ago actually was. It uses honeysuckles (Lonicera) as a favorite host plant, as well as dogbane, and bush honeysuckle (Diervilla).

Here is the egg and first instar, very tiny, translucent. I have put a bunch into containers to save them from the horde of mantids, spiders and other predators in my yard at present.
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I also have the Hummingbird clearwing, Hemaris thysbe, which uses viburnum as a host. Today one was laying eggs all over my viburnum and I have some of them salted away as well!
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And some pupae..

My spicebush swallowtail chrysalis, today you can see the butterfly within...
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Banded hairstreak coccoon, for those who haven't seen the Whatizzit thread...
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I found this one in the dirt today when I was pulling weeds. We will see what emerges from it. I am betting on a hawk/sphinx moth of some kind.
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and I found this on a withered passiflora vine, I believe it is probably a polyphemus coccoon, already eclosed.
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Wow! So much activity already! I love the polyphemus moths! I raised several last year.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:51 PM   #7
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My yard is awash in caterpillars and other larva!

This fellow had stuck three bee-balm leaves together and was hiding in the center. He is clearly not the only species Wagner lists under "bee-balm", so I welcome suggestions. Skippers and duskywings seem to make shelters so I am voting for one of them, but it easily could be a moth.
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The world's tinist, black inch worm. Found on my jeans after I had been walking through all sorts of forbs and under trees, so no clue as to host plant, but very cute.
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Strange and spikey, from about three weeks ago. Variable tussock moth caterpillar.
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Lastly, other larva from the garden. Newly hatched ladybug larva from eggs found on viburnum, and my mantis larvae are growing.
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We went to Allegheny State Park yesterday, in southern NYS. Little cats were all over one of the areas we stopped to walk, even on the railings over a dam.

I think there were elderberry bushes along the steps down to the creek.

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Pretty weird looking with those little bulges. Was that at their head or other end?
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Head end I think! Maybe ears???
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